Joe HebertB.S. Geo. President, Chief Executive Officer and Director
Mr. Hebert brings 30 years of experience in the mining sector, ranging from diversified mineral exploration, mining geology, exploration management. Most of his career he was focused on Nevada, but also consulting in several countries including Colombia in the late 1990s. Mr. Hebert was senior exploration geologist for the Cortez Joint Venture located on the Battle Mountain Trend in North Central Nevada. He was a member of the exploration team who discovered the Cortez Hills deposit and ET Blue, subsequently a part of the Goldrush discovery. During his tenure at Cortez he directed all generative and acquisition efforts within the joint venture area of interest. Over the course of his career Mr. Hebert participated in multiple gold discoveries in Nevada and Utah. He was instrumental in assembling the Company's exploration staff and portfolio in Medellin, Colombia, and attracting joint venture partners. Previously Miranda, now Outcrop Silver & Gold, he progressed from Vice President of Exploration in 2005 to President and CEO in 2016.
Paul TaggarChief Financial Officer
Mr. Taggar is a CPA with over 15 years of experience within the mining, commodities and professional services industries. He previously worked for Fronteer Gold until its acquisition by Newmont Mining. Most recently, Mr. Taggar was the CFO of an international commodities firm, specializing in exports of grain products. He started his career with KPMG and he holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University.
Jesus VeladorVice President Of Exploration
Jesus Velador has in excess of twenty years of experience in the field of precious metals exploration with a specialization in the epithermal environments. While working for Industrias Penoles in 2004 his work was instrumental in the discovery of the Valdecanas vein in Juanicipio, a Fresnillo - MAG Silver joint venture. In 2016, as Director of Exploration for First Majestic Silver Corp., Jesus managed the exploration team that discovered the silver and gold deposit at Ermitano, adjacent to the company’s Santa Elena mine in Sonora. His most recent employment was with Fortuna Silver Mines Inc., where, as the Corp. Manager for Exploration, he was responsible for the brownfields exploration programs in Mexico and Peru and provided support to the greenfields exploration programs in Mexico. Jesus earned a B.Sc. from the University of Chihuahua, an M.Sc from the University of Texas at El Paso and a Ph.D (Epithermal deposits) from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology.
Melissa MartensenCorporate Secretary
Melissa Martensen is an experienced administrator with over 12 years as a corporate secretary, primarily in junior mining companies. Prior to transitioning to junior mining, she worked in private banking at RBC. Ms. Martensen graduated with a degree in finance from UNBC in Prince George. She is a member of the Governance Professionals of Canada.